COVID: CDC Director Says 2021 Will Be “Challenging”

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WASHINGTON – It appears the United States is making progress in slowing the spread of the Coronavirus.

A top U.S. model shows fewer deaths by August than previously projected, and President Trump’s aides hope to re-open the country by next month.

However, some officials have lingering concerns.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says summer vacations are a possibility.

Although, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says even once the current pandemic eases, the nation can’t be caught flat-footed in 2021.

Dr. Robert Redfield says he wants to improve early case identification, isolation of the sick and contact tracing.

“I think we have to be direct and honest about it,” said Redfield. “Over the last 10, 20, 30 years, we’ve under invested in public health in this nation. We’re in the position now of preparing a significant expansion.”

The CDC has more than 500 of its people in all 50-states and the agency is working to increase that number over time.


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